What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that affects the small and large intestines. The condition is also known as irritable colon, spastic colon, and spastic colitis.
IBS is actually a group of symptoms that occur together and may include bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Although the cause of IBS is not known, factors such as stress, fluctuations in hormone levels, and food sensitivities can trigger symptoms. Identifying the triggers of IBS will help to minimize symptoms of the disorder.
IBS is a signal that there is a problem with the function of the bowel, which leads to unpredictable bowel movements.
IBS can develop at any age and is more common in women than in men.